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Tom Brady reflects on reaching 7 straight AFC title games

Tom Brady reflects on reaching 7 straight AFC title games

They will be facing a Patriots team that has had some distractions since the last time they played.

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh consecutive conference title game.

In fact, a loss to the Titans in the divisional round might be the catalyst that "breaks up" New England.

It was Brady's 10th career postseason game with at least three TD tosses, moving him past Joe Montana for the most in National Football League history.

"So no, I did not", he said.

Believe what you want of the report, but certainly it's more than plausible that after 17 years, Kraft, Belichick and Brady - three of the NFL's largest personalities - have disagreed over something, over several things. He was sacked eight times, a Patriots playoff record. The Titans have Mike Mularkey and his one postseason career win.

"I get ready for the game all week", she said. When we get out there, that's the best part of the week.

It showed last Saturday at Kansas City when a half-dozen teammates erupted from the Titans' bench to mob Mariota after he delivered a physical block on Chiefs linebacker that paved the way for to get a game-clinching first down on third-and-10.

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On 4th and 1 just inside Patriots' territory - and facing a 21-7 deficit, the Titans elected to go for it.

For a team supposedly embroiled in controversy, the New England Patriots know how to hide it well.

The Titans had a crucial, yet questionable, pass-interference penalty go against former Jet Eric Decker to scuttle their next possession. He caught a short Brady pass on the first play of the second quarter and bolted for what was initially ruled a 50-yard touchdown.

With Brady at the helm, the Patriots are 6-1 against the Titans, and the star quarterback has 13 touchdowns and one interception in those games. Manning (27), Favre (24), Montana (23) and Elway (21) round out the quarterback list, while (30), Jerry Rice (29), D.D. Lewis (27) and Manning (27) fill out the top tier of the list including all players. Led by quarterback, Marcus Mariota, Tennessee took a strong second half against the Kansas City Chiefs and turned it into a memorable win in the opening round.

The touchdown capped an 11-play, 95-yard drive as Mariota used his arms and legs to convert a pair of third downs. Tennessee ended up making the postseason thanks to their midseason success, since the Titans lost 3 out of their final four games. The Titans and Patriots will kick off at 7:15 p.m. CST at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He did not return. Cornerback Jonathan Jones was helped off the field late in the fourth quarter.

The Titans finished the regular season 9-7.

The Patriots have had their troubles with mobile quarterbacks this season - and there have even been not-so-mobile quarterbacks that have picked up yards on the ground against the defending champions. And indeed, Cyprien sprints over to double cover Gronkowski and perhaps prevent a touchdown. It was his 10th career postseason TD.